Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - October 28, 2011

Rage U19 White Team continues winning ways

Pleasanton's U19 White extended its unbeaten streak in league play to 11 games this past weekend as they blitzed the Oakland/Montclair Clippers on Saturday 8-0, and edged out Walnut Creek Phoenix 3-2 on Sunday.

The squad was firing on all cylinders Saturday against the Clippers, creating excellent possession in the midfield and plentiful scoring chances throughout the game. Goals came from a variety of players, including Sasha Greenlee (2), Kylie Copenhagen (2), Kendra Fujino, Carly O'Brien, Katie Styles and Kennedy Poplawski. Goalie Bryanna Miller and the defensive backs recorded their 5th shutout of the season.

The Sunday match proved to be a more difficult test as Walnut Creek played inspired soccer against the 2nd place Rage team. After Sasha Greenlee scored in the first half for Rage, Walnut Creek tied the game 1-1 just before halftime. The U19 White team took the lead again midway through the second half on a long goal from Kennedy Poplawski, but the Pheonix squad answered right back with a near identical goal from their top midfielder. However, after urging from their coaches Jose Iniquez and James O'Brien at halftime to come together as a unit, the Pleasanton squad seemed to catch a second wind down the stretch, tightened up on defense, and finished off a late set-piece goal to take the lead for good, 3-2.

On Nov. 6, the team will be fighting to finish league play in second place in a key match vs. Danville Mustang Flash.

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